Sweet Little Details: A Peanut Butter Love

I have an obsession with peanut butter.  It’s downright amazing.  I sense that 0ur good friend, Jen, at Sweet Little Details, has the same obsession.  If you’re right there with us, you should check out her multiple peanut butter recipes below.  A peanut butter love.

For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Lover

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes. For the sake of time on this amazingly gorgeous day, I am just going to tell you, you need baked chocolate cupcakes. If you have some buttermilk in your refrigerator and want to make them from scratch, go for it. Or if you have a box of Duncan Hines in your cabinet. Whatever you pick…bake 2 dozen cupcakes and let them cool.

Peanut Butter Filling

4 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
2 cups confectioners sugar

Beat butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add in milk and then confectioners sugar until creamy. Reserve 2 heaping tablespoons of filling to add to frosting. Scoop remaining peanut butter cream into a pastry bag and attach a round tip, I use a #12. Push tip through top of cupcake and fill.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup shortening
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Approximately 6 cups confectioners sugar
1 bag Bite Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped and chopped (the wrapper would really put a damper on the flavor)

Using a mixer beat butter and shortening in a large bowl until smooth. Add milk and vanilla and cocoa powder. Mix in reserved peanut butter cream. Finally beat in confectioners sugar until smooth.  Spoon frosting into a pastry bag and pipe onto cupcakes. Top with chopped bite size Reese’s peanut butter cups. Enjoy.

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

In a large bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add egg and beat well. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir. Add oatmeal and stir.

Drop by teaspoons onto greased baking sheet, and press each mound down with a sugar covered fork to form 1/4 inch thick cookies. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until cookies are a light brown. I normally like my cookies, soft, but for this recipe you want your cookies to be a little more done.

To Make Filling: Cream 3 tablespoons butter or margarine with the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, and the cream. Spread filling onto half of the cooled cookies, then top with the other half to form sandwiches.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Peanut Butter Centers:

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter

In small bowl blend flour, cocoa and baking soda. Mix until well blended.

In large bowl beat sugar, butter or margarine and 1/4 cup peanut butter, until light and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla and egg, beat. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Set aside.

To make peanut butter centers: Combine confectioner’s sugar and 3/4 cup peanut butter. Blend well.

Roll filling into 24 – 1 inch balls. I covered my hands with powdered sugar to make this process even easier…and a bit more sugar never hurt anyone right?  For each cookie shape about 1 Tablespoon of dough around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. When cookies are done, they should be set and slightly cracked. Cool Completely.

Once cookies are cooled, I melted 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 2 tsp peanut butter and drizzled over cookies.

Do you want more?  Because there’s more…

Peanut Butter Banana Chip Muffins

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pizza

Snickers Cookies

A Little More Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Images by Sweet Little Details

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